Thursday, 27 October 2016

Lady Di's Hi-tea

Recently went for hi-tea at Diana's house and I was truly surprised with the load of scrumptious desserts she has prepared for us! It's actually a small bookish gathering among the few of us with book swaps and some simple games plus getting to know each other better. Surprisingly, even though I was not as closed with some of them, we immediately clicked! Cliche as it may be but great minds do think alike!

Anyway, while I was in awe with Diana's elegant house, I definitely enjoyed myself even though I couldn't ate as much dessert as I wanted to. I was just so engrossed with our conversations that I think I've over looked it LOL!
Yummy desserts, thanks Diana!
1 of the games we played and I've forgotten the name LOL!
Look at us clowning around! Ai Jou, Diana, Vivian and Selvi, thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon of laughter, bookish chats and interesting games! I've never felt more at home than with these beautiful, intelligent ladies! Btw, these ladies are from a book club that I am in i.e. KL Book Appreciation Club. I am so blessed to have known them, honestly!

Monday, 24 October 2016

MPOV: The Legend of Tarzan

As a result of the Berlin Conference, the Congo Basin is claimed by King Leopold II of the Belgians, who rules the Congo Free State in personal union with the Kingdom of Belgium. The country is on the verge of bankruptcy, Leopold having borrowed huge amounts of money to finance the construction of railways and other infrastructure projects. In response, he sends his envoy Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz) to secure the fabled diamonds of Opar. Rom's expedition is ambushed and massacred, with only Rom surviving. A tribal leader, Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou), offers him the diamonds in exchange for an old enemy: Tarzan.

The man once called "Tarzan", John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsgård), has long since left Africa behind and settled down in London with his American-born wife, Jane Porter (Margot Robbie), and has taken up both his birth name and ancestral family residence. In the eight years since returning from Africa, Lord Greystoke's story as Tarzan has become legendary among the Victorian public, although Lord Greystoke himself wishes to leave the past behind him. Through the British Prime Minister (Jim Broadbent), he is invited by King Leopold to visit Boma and report on the development of the Congo by Belgium, though Greystoke politely declines the invitation. An American envoy, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson), who recognises John from the stories of "Tarzan", privately reveals to him that he suspects the Belgians are enslaving the Congolese population, and persuades him to accept the invitation in order to prove his suspicions. Jane is disappointed when John tells her that she cannot come, as he believes the trip to be too dangerous, remembering how both his parents died as a result of the jungle's brutality following their shipwreck there - his mother of disease and his father later killed by the Mangani apes - leaving the baby John to be raised as Tarzan by his Gorilla "mother" Kala and "brother" Akut. However, Jane reminds him that she grew up in Africa as well, and misses her home. John relents, and allows Jane to accompany him.

John, Jane and Williams take the trip to the Congo. There, the trio encounters a tribal village and villagers who knew John and Jane during their stay in the jungle. Jane explains to Williams that her husband was once considered an evil spirit by the African tribes, including that of Chief Mbonga. She recalls how, when she was younger, she and her father lived in the tribal village helping to care for local children. There she met Tarzan (made feral and physically enhanced by his life with the apes) who shielded her from a vicious gorilla attack, saving Jane's life but being severely injured in the process. Jane took the injured Tarzan home, nursed him back to health, and the two fell in love. That night, as the tribe sleeps, Rom and his mercenaries attack the village and kidnap John and Jane and kill the tribe's leader. They then escape to a nearby steamboat with Jane and several of the tribe's members, but Williams is able to rescue John before he can be taken to the boat.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This fabled tale has been retold in many versions but this is by far the most honest yet direct take on Tarzan, of his difficult transition from jungle to city life and his moving forward in life. It's more humane, more realistic but I find that Alexander was a little too stiff at times as Tarzan but eventually warmed up to the character in the end. They couldn't have cast a much better Jane. Margot was so realistically feisty and fits the character up to the nines! I truly enjoyed the dramatic events in the movie especially since it touched the most important life issue i.e. slavery.

Action wise, I like the swinging Tarzan! So fluid and free! It made me wish I could be as daring and free as Tarzan :-) Anyway, it's an impressive movie to watch if you want something heavy to digest with the historical background.

My rating: 3.5/5
IMDb rating: 6.4/10

Director: David Yates
Casts: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L.Jackson, Djimon Hounsou
Category: PG-13; a 2016 American action adventure film

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Missing my tab...

This is just a minor rant as my dear Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has been hospitalized. Hence I'm 80% offline since most of my social medias are on that tab with a minority on my Apple iPhone 4S.

It actually got me thinking...

Imagine those early years when we were offline mostly and we could survive day by day without our gadgets. However I do feel helpless now without my tab. It has become an integral part of me that I rely on most of the time. With just Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on my Apple, I do feel a huge gap missing from my daily social media life LOL!


Truly felt like a robotic life instead of a human life! How our lives have evolved from extroverts/outdoors to introverts/indoors?! Unhealthy lifestyle indeed!

Now is an opportunity for me to break out of my mundane, unhealthy lifestyle to a more meaningful, precious ones! And what great timing this is as with hubby heading for a new career path, we are able to spend more quality time together, working out a more healthy lifestyle! More positiveness in whatever we plan and do!

*clinking of glass wine* cheers to a healthy lifestyle!!!

Friday, 21 October 2016

CSM: adoption drive this Sunday

They are so innocent and adorable! Do drop by and give them a chance if you are looking for a furkid. Adopting is a much more humane than buying a pet.

You can find more information here:

Thursday, 20 October 2016

MPOV: Ghostbusters

Physicists Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert are co-authors of a research book which posits the existence of paranormal phenomena such as ghosts. Gilbert has disowned the work and become a professor at Columbia University, while Yates continues to study the paranormal at a technical college with eccentric engineer Jillian Holtzmann. Gilbert learns Yates has republished the book, threatening her bid for tenure at Columbia. She reunites with Yates and, in exchange for Yates removing the book from publication, reluctantly agrees to assist her and Holtzmann in a paranormal investigation.

The group witness a malevolent ghost, renewing Gilbert's belief in the paranormal. However, a video of their investigation is posted online, and Gilbert is denied tenure. She joins Yates and Holtzmann's project, but when a new institute director learns its nature, he fires them. They open an office above a Chinese restaurant and call themselves the "Conductors of the Metaphysical Examination." They build equipment to study and capture ghosts, and hire dimwitted but handsome Kevin Beckman as a receptionist.

MTA worker Patty Tolan witnesses a ghost in a subway line and contacts the group. They document the ghost and successfully test Holtzmann's proton containment laser, but their findings are again dismissed. They continue to develop their technology and advertise their services as what pundits have dubbed the "Ghostbusters". Tolan joins the team, providing historical knowledge of New York City and a repurposed hearse, "Ecto-1".

The above taken from Wikipedia.

TBH, after reading many bad reviews, I didn't have much hope for it. However it did surprised me. Firstly, it's a comedy so it definitely tickled my funny bones!

Secondly, I honestly do not know why there were many bad reviews. Well, it's a comedy... same like the old one. It's all female instead of male... so, any difference? Revamped storyline... as expected since this year is 2016.

Well, whatever it was... all I can say the movie was really entertaining and funny to boot. Especially Chris' character! He's so 'dumb blond' and nonchalant about it! It's just a comedy fiction film to entertain us poor souls and they definitely did that as I was thoroughly de-stressed!

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 5.4/10

Director: Paul Feig
Casts: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth
Type: PG-13; supernatural, comedy, fantasy, science fiction film

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

MPOV: G Cup Noodle

Just realized I've overlooked this :-)

Anyway, this is the first time I've had an expensive cup noodle! Saw it at Tropicana City Mall so what the heck... just try it lah since I was looking for a quick bite before the movies!
There were many options and ingredients to choose from but I've forgotten to take any photos of it. Of course, those ingredients have been pre-cooked and pre-dried like any other cup noodles.
My concoction - 1 cup noodle RM6.90!
It was in front of Caring Pharmacy, Tropicana City Mall. Ok lah as it's interestingly different and we can have it on-the-go with options to choose from instead of the standard ones on the shelves. Not cheap but worthwhile to check it out :-)

My rating: 3/5

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

MPOV: Blue Elephant Green Curry

Sis bought this from Bangkok for me to try and I followed the instruction diligently. It's actually easy to follow and straightforward. I'm adding this here as a future reference :-)

The outcome... the gravy does taste like the commercial green curry we have at restaurants albeit a little watery. Perhaps I've added too much water :-)
Worth trying if you saw this in the supermarket. However, not sure if it's Halal certified.

My rating: 3/5

Monday, 17 October 2016

MPOV: Star Trek Beyond

Three years into its five year mission, the USS Enterprise arrives at Starbase Yorktown, a massive space station, for resupply and shore leave for her crew. Struggling to find continued meaning in the endless nature of their mission of exploration, Captain James Kirk has applied for a promotion to Vice Admiral and commanding officer of Yorktown. He recommends Spock as the new captain of the Enterprise. Meanwhile, Hikaru Sulu reunites with his family, Montgomery Scott works to keep the ship operational, and Spock and Nyota Uhura amicably end their relationship; Spock also receives word from New Vulcan that Ambassador Spock (Spock's future self from the original timeline) has died.

The Enterprise is dispatched on a rescue mission after an escape pod drifts out of a nearby uncharted nebula. The survivor, Kalara, claims her ship is stranded on Altamid, a planet within the nebula. The rescue turns into an ambush when the Enterprise is quickly torn apart by a massive swarm of small ships. Krall and his crew board the ship, and unsuccessfully search for a relic called an Abronath that Kirk had obtained for a failed diplomatic mission. Krall captures and removes many crew members from the ship. Kirk then orders for the crew to abandon ship as the Enterprise's saucer section hurtles towards the planet.

On the planet's surface, Sulu, Uhura, and other survivors are captured by Krall. Kirk and navigator Pavel Chekov, accompanied by Kalara, locate the wrecked saucer section. Kalara is discovered to be Krall's ally when she tries to retrieve the Abronath. To escape Krall's soldiers, Kirk activates the still-functional thrusters, causing the saucer to lurch forward, crushing Kalara. Meanwhile, a wounded Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy search for other survivors. Spock confides to McCoy that he intends to leave Starfleet to continue the late Ambassador Spock's work on New Vulcan. Meanwhile, Scott is rescued by Jaylah, a scavenger who previously escaped Krall's encampment. She takes Scott to her makeshift home, the grounded USS Franklin, an early Starfleet vessel reported missing over a century earlier. Scott is reunited with Kirk, Chekov, McCoy, and Spock. Using the ship as a base, they plot to raid Krall's camp and transport the crew to the Franklin, then escape the planet in the repaired ship. Meanwhile, Krall coerces Ensign Syl to hand over the Abronath that she had kept hidden for Kirk. The Abronath is the missing half of an ancient bioweapon, created by the planet's original inhabitants which can disintegrate any humanoid. With the device complete, Krall intends to attack Yorktown and kill its inhabitants, and, using its advanced technology, go on to attack the Federation. Kirk and the others free the crew as Krall launches into space with the bioweapon, leading his drone fleet to Yorktown.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Captain's Log, Stardate 20161013
This is definitely, by far, my all time favourite! The script, the cast, the CGI... all blew me away! There was high, there was low but one thing's for sure, it kept me on toes! I so love Jaylah's make-up and her acerbic tongue LOL! Also Yorktown - so, so, so beautiful!

An amazing, adventure movie which had me thinking... if only I was able to travel like them... into the Nebula System, Deep Space Nine or even along the Milky Way! By the time this technology has evolved, I think I would have been too old or dead. With Elon Musk and Richard Branson still planning the trip to Mars, it would take a very long time for this whole space traveling thingy to come true.

It's sad looking at Chekov aka Anton Yelchin since he has passed on due to a freak accident but he's truly a good actor. Will definitely missed this character in the sequel. Yes, a sequel i.e. fourth film is in the making with most casts back and a few new ones like Chris Hemsworth! Can't wait for it!

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilization, to boldly go where no one has gone before... 

As the Vulcans would say... Live long and prosper!

IMDb rating: 7.3/10
My rating: 4/5

Director: Justin Lin
Casts: Chris Pine, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Zoe Saldana
Category: PG-13; fantasy, science fiction, adventure


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